Ventilators donated to Algarve hospitals by boroughs “have never worked”

The 30 ventilators that were purchased in May with money donated by the Algarve Municipalities Association (AMAL) and were meant to be used at the region’s public hospitals have “never worked”.

Although technicians from the Chinese company that sold them have travelled to Portugal to try to fix them, the ventilators are still faulty and are not “reliable enough to be used on humans,” AMAL president António Pina told Correio da Manhã tabloid this week.

The ventilators were purchased by the Algarve Biomedical Center (ABC) in a bid to improve the region’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Everyone makes mistakes,” Pina told CM. “I will only feel cheated if the supplier fails to give us back our money”.

But the process seems to be stalled.

Speaking to CM, the Algarve University Hospital Centre (CHUA) claimed that it is waiting to hear back from ABC, which it said has the warranties of the ventilators.

However, ABC said that all the documentation was delivered to CHUA in May and thus it bears no responsibility.